No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 Oregon Set for National Championship Rematch

No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 Oregon Set for National Championship Rematch
2016 NCATA National Championship  

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TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016 - 7:07 PM
Ferrell Center - Waco, Texas

For the second consecutive year, the Baylor Bears and Oregon Ducks will meet in the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) National Championship meet, scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

The top-seeded Bears earn their second consecutive trip to the big stage after a 284.800-278.310 victory over fourth-seeded Hawaii Pacific University in the NCATA Tournament Semifinals.  Baylor junior Kiara Nowlin (Oxnard, Calif.) recorded her second straight 10.00 in the six-element tumbling pass, helping the Bears outscore the Sharks by 3.5 points in the Tumbling Event en route to a near-five point lead heading into the final team event.  

Baylor opened the evening with season-highs in the compulsory (38.85) and pyramid (29.80) events, closing out the meet with a 100.400 in the team event, the Bears’ fourth-highest total this year, earning the chance to win a second consecutive national championship in front of their home crowd.  Baylor opened the NCATA Tournament with a 285.175-261.480 win over eighth-seeded Gannon on Sunday evening after securing five individual national championships 

Oregon punched its ticket to championship Tuesday with a 283.405-274.995 triumph over third-seeded Quinnipiac.  The Ducks won five of six events to increase their consecutive NCATA Championship Meet appearances to six, additionally earning the chance to earn the fifth National Championship in program history.  

The Ducks, who defeated Alderson-Broaddus 276.380-266.000 on Sunday, earned a 3.3-point lead heading into the team event, capturing five of six heats in the Tumbling Event after opening the meet with a 38.85-37.95 win in compulsories.  Sophomore Taylor Galvin, the 2016 Tumbling Six-Element Individual National Champion, logged a 9.925 in the heat on Monday to add to the team lead.  Finishing the meet with a 99.83 in the team event, Oregon clinched the championship berth.

Tuesday’s NCATA National Championship meet is a rematch of last year’s final, which saw Baylor earn the first title in program history with a 286.690-282.870 win over the Ducks to finish the year with an unblemished, 11-0 record.  

The two NCATA powers battled it out on Apr. 25, 2016 in Fairmont, West Virginia, with the Bears scoring a perfect 10.00 in the pyramid twist heat and the aerial pass to hold the lead into the team event. Oregon logged six scores of 9.90 or higher, closing out the meet with a 98.97 in the team event before Baylor clinched the title with a 101.69 out of 109.84 possible points in the final team event of the 2015 season.

Tickets are still available for Tuesday’s NCATA National Championship, and may be purchased at the event or online.  A live stream is available for those unable to make the trip to Waco, Texas, and may be viewed online through Baylor Vision.  In addition to the live stream, Fox College Sports Pacific will carry the NCATA National Championship, which can be viewed on Dish TV (Channel 447) or on DirectTV (608-1).